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High Hazels Shelter: Members Outing: 1936

Published: October 21, 2005    Last modified: November 20, 2016

High Hazels Shelter
High Hazels Park, Sheffield, England
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High Hazels Shelter
Members Outing, 1936

In this post about High Hazels Park, Sheffield - revisited I mentioned I had a photograph of High Hazel Shelter - Members Outing - 1936.

Well, in response to a request for this photograph, I finally made time to make a scan and add it to the Gallery.

In my family there is some debate as to which of these gentleman is my grandfather Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967. Having examined an enlarged copy of the scanned image I can clearly identify him as being the person, 3rd row from the front, 5th from the left.

Can anyone now provide the destination of the members outing?

Beighton Street, Sheffield 9

Published: June 7, 2005    Last modified: November 14, 2016

Beighton Street (now demolished), Darnall, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Date: 2005-06-05

I have many memories of this street of terraced houses. Though the houses were small with the ubiquitous outside toilet, they also boasted some wonderful additions. My grandparents Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 and Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON 1901-1983)'s house had a bath fitted in the kitchen which meant bath nights needed to be highly organised. When not in use the bath became a kitchen worktop. I presume they opted to keep a second bedroom and not convert it to a bathroom as was the norm when grants became available to provide indoor toilet and bathing facilities.

Being a cul-de-sac, Beighton street was free from passing vehicles, though of course very few of the working class had motor vehicles in the fifties. What Beighton street did have was the railway, the railway embankment closing off one end of the street from the rest of the world. In the photograph above, 23 Beighton Street was approximately left of the red traffic cone. This photograph is taken from the point where Beighton Street joined Handsworth Road.

High Hazels Park, Sheffield: Revisited

Published: June 7, 2005    Last modified: February 12, 2017

High Hazels House (now a clubhouse for Tinsley Golf Club)
High Hazels Park
Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire

A few weeks ago in this post I wrote about High Hazels Park and how the allotments I remember from my childhood were still in use. Well yesterday after visiting Handsworth Cemetery we parked on Senior Road at the bottom of High Hazels Park and took a brief tour of the park.

Considering this is an inner city area the park seemed to be well cared for, and many golfers seemed to be taking advantage of the golf course at the very top of the park. From this vantage point there is a wonderful view across the reclaimed open cast mine workings towards Catcliffe and Treeton.

We then went in search of the allotments. What a shock! When we saw the 'barricades' both sides of the access track we said in unison "It's just like Russia!". Irina though born in Kazakhstan lived in Russia and is a Russian national; I have travelled through Russia several times.

The Russian equivalent to the British allotment is the 'dacha'. This can be anything from a large country house to a small shed; the key feature being not the building, rather the land on which the dacha stands. This is used to grow produce in the relatively short spring and summer. Some of the produce is used immediately but a lot is preserved ready for use during the long harsh winter. Most of the dachas are located outside of the populated areas and so are prone to vandalism and theft. The Russians protect their dachas with any materials to hand, though I doubt I have seen anything as heavily fortified as the allotments at High Hazels!

As a child I remember how friendly the allotment holders were. Though I suspect there was some small amount of theft, fences and hedges were only there to provide a demarcation line between plots. These barricades take demarcation to another level.

I feel sure the building (behind the fortified gates) in this photograph was used as an office and shop: here one could order seeds and loan tools. Somewhere in my archives I have a group photograph of allotment holders circa 1936, it features my grandfather Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 and others; once located I will post it for comparison.

High Hazels Allotments
Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Updates:
2007-03-10 On this occasion my memory proved to be less than useful. Now I am not sure if the building shown in the photograph of 'High Hazels Shelter - Members Outing' is the shelter or a building they were visiting.

I still believe the building shown in the photograph is what remains of the office and shop. Perhaps a visitor to this site can provide the answer.

High Hazels Park, Darnall, Sheffield

Published: May 8, 2005    Last modified: February 19, 2017

Looking through the old photographs of Sheffield on Picture Sheffield, I came across some pictures of High Hazels Park, Darnall, Sheffield. My grandfather Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 had an allotment on land at the edge of the park where, like a lot of the locals, he would grow produce for the table. I have many memories of these allotments and wonder if they have survived the local planning department.

At Whitsuntide we would take part in the 'Whit Walk' organised by the local churches and Sunday schools. We would don our Sunday best clothes, and with ceremonial banners and bunting providing a colourful spectacle against the dull and dreary backdrop of working class Darnall, we would proudly parade through the streets, finally assembling in High Hazels park to listen to the brass bands and take part in communal singing.

Updates:
2005-06-05 With a recent visit I can confirm the allotments would seem to have survived both the local planning department and the property developers.